ACBA announces completion of DAR special collections room

  • Sunday, September 22, 2013

The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) announces that the construction of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Special Collections Room in the Byrne-Diderot Library has been completed. The collection is now in use by the students and faculty of the College, and available to the general public.

ACBA received a grant from the DAR to build a climate-controlled environment to house more than 600 volumes of rare and historic books and tools related to the classic building trades. Many items in the special collection are historical descriptions of building processes dating to the 18th century. The books are truly unique on an international level and of interest to preservationists and scholars the world over. Researchers will have access to the collection through an Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) on the library’s website, http://www.buildingartscollege.us/Academics/library.html.

Colby M. Broadwater, III, president of ACBA said, “We are deeply appreciative of the DAR making this Special Collections Room possible. These are important works and they deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and care.”

The American College of the Building Arts, the only four year liberal arts college in America training and educating artisans in the traditional building trades, was awarded a grant by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in the amount of $9,400 on June 25. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of The Fort Sullivan Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Charleston.

The project involved reuse of a specific area in the Old Charleston District Jail by sectioning off a portion of the existing library using glass-paned French doors, erecting insulated interior walls, installing metal shelving, painting and incorporating humidity- and temperature-control devices.

ACBA held a grand opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities that promote the organization’s mission areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism. This grant encompasses all the mission areas.

To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org. For more about applying for a Special Projects Grant from DAR, visit www.dar.org/grants.

For more information, please contact Kerri Forrest at 843-266-7845 or visit www.buildingartscollege.us.

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